PHS and Emory University collaborated to create a bilingual (English/Spanish) online tool to help teens and young women engage in the contraceptive decision-making process. WhichMethod.org helps young women choose a contraceptive method that is effective, medically appropriate, and best fits their preferences and priorities. Users do not need to know anything about contraceptive methods to use the app.
The tool incorporates the CDC’s Medical Eligibility Criteria as well as a woman’s individual preferences and priorities (such as when she wants to become pregnant, or whether she needs to keep her method private from her family and/or partner) and makes more than 500 ranking decisions for 19 different contraceptive methods. It was rigorously tested in a randomized controlled trial among more than 2,000 family planning patients. In the trial, women who used the app (compared to a control group) were significantly more likely to choose an effective contraceptive method, and were significantly more likely to continue using it 4 months later (Garbers et al., Contraception 2012).
Reducing the Burden of Teen & Unintended Pregnancy: Improving Access & Decision-making (2014-present)
This project will establish community partnerships and clinical linkages with clinics and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to reach teens and young women, and disseminate information about the PHS-developed WhichMethod online tool to help teens and young women access reproductive health care.
Understanding the Impact of Abuse on Men’s Risk Behavior (Giving Men a Voice) (2016 – 2018)
We are developing an alternative approach to assessing abusive childhood sexual experiences of racial and ethnic minority gay and bisexual men. Recognizing men’s own appraisals and interpretations of their formative sexual experiences may lead to a better understanding and assessment of abuse and its consequences. Through an intersectionality lens, this study uses mixed methods to consider how current appraisals of first sexual experiences are shaped by intersecting social identities, including gender identity and expression, identification with cultural masculine norms, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity. Interviews are also conducted with relevant service providers regarding whether and how sexual histories are addressed in treatment and other health care settings. Visit Giving Men a Voice.